Posts From July, 2013

Building Your Healthcare IT Team: How to Find the Right Talent 

According to a recent HIMSS Analytics’ survey, there’s one industry where job growth isn’t slowing – and that’s in healthcare IT. According to the survey, which focused on the healthcare IT workforce, more than 85% of survey respondents said that they had hired at least one employee in 2012. And on top of that, 79% of respondents indicated that they were looking to hire additional staff in the coming 12 months.

In fact, organizations are currently having a difficult time hiring enough candidates to fulfill projects and meet deadlines. Though outsourcing projects is an option, this presents a problem once healthcare organizations need to sustain IT systems with upgrades, modifications, and more.

As EHR adoption continues to ramp up, healthcare organizations are facing a challenge when it comes to hiring for their IT teams. Nearly half of respondents said that they had to place an IT initiative on hold due to staffing shortages. Even when businesses did find candidates who fit their needs, a quarter of respondents said that other offers took away their IT employees – thereby impacting the business and putting projects like EHR upgrades, integrations, and new system installations on hold.

 As salaries for IT leaders in healthcare continue to grow and the hiring market becomes more competitive, what should hospitals and healthcare facilities do when looking for the right talent?

LUMEDX Senior Technical Recruiter Josh Jozwik shares some thoughts on why healthcare leaders need to start hiring IT personnel to keep up with competing businesses – and how to seek that talent.

Why should we invest in IT personnel?

Josh explains that the benefits of investing in IT personnel are apparent. “Organizations can realize significant ROI to improve and optimize operational, financial, and clinical outcomes by utilizing existing and new IT systems and solutions,” he says. “Specialized healthcare IT professionals can fulfill roles from custom module software development to systems administration, data analytics, and business intelligence.”

In this increasingly competitive marketplace for experienced healthcare IT talent, how do organizations win?

As a recruiter, Josh understands that organizations have to be creative when it comes to staffing for IT positions.

“Although traditional methods of HR job postings or using outsourced headhunters can bring mixed results, finding creative solutions to recruiting the best talent does not have to be an ordeal,” he says. “Organizations can focus on internal talent and equity to fulfill healthcare IT staffing initiatives by encouraging less technical staff to enroll in college or online certification programs such as database development, analytics or business intelligence report development, and training courses from healthcare IT vendors like LUMEDX.”

What about social media?

“You have to successfully brand your organization as an ‘employer of choice’ in order to attract top candidates,” Josh says. “This can be achieved with low cost marketing campaigns leveraging social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Both active and passive candidates can be found on a channel like LinkedIn, and HR recruiters can locate and network with specialized professionals who fit their hiring profile. If you’re looking for a job or are looking to hire the right candidate, you should be on these kinds of channels.”

What are your thoughts on hiring for healthcare IT right now? Sound off with your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/25/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

AHA urges quality reporting slowdown

Healthcare IT news reports on the AHA’s recommendation to slow the transition to electronic quality reporting with fewer but better-tested measures.

Report: many EHR users set to replace systems within the next year

A report from Black Book Rankings found that 17% of physician practices are looking to switch their EHR vendors by the end of 2013.

5 tips for attaining real-time claims

Healthcare Finance News shares useful tips on how adopting new technologies could help improve your business’s bottom line.  

Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction

From the LA Times, we see how the national healthcare overhaul has led to a higher focus on patient experiences. Because federal payments are tied to surveys, hospitals need to “ensure that every patient and family has the best possible experience when they are hospitalized.”

 

Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:55:00 AM Categories: data HIT hospitals industry news patient experience of care patient satisfaction

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/18/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

EHRs ‘transforming’ care, says Tavenner

Healthcare IT News covers the news of how EHRs are becoming widely adopted and are transforming care. 80% of eligible hospitals and more than 50% of eligible professionals have adopted EHRs and received meaningful use incentive payments.

Physician’s take on transition to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Dr. Manuel Lowenhaupt talks to EHR Intelligence about strategies that healthcare organizations and providers can use to take on meaningful use. He covers how to prepare for meaningful use, as well as strategies for involving staffers and colleagues effectively.

Availability of cardiac CT streamlines cath lab use, lowers costs

TheHeart.org covers a study that found that when CT screening became available, the cost of diagnostic tests and percentage of repeat patients goes down.

What are top business challenges, prospects for physicians?

In EHR Intelligence, a study of 300 physicians shows that the top three business challenges for physicians are: managing shifting reimbursements with payors, financial management, and spending time with patients.

Health IT hiring remains a challenge

FierceHealthIT reports on how healthcare IT is currently a hot job market and how many healthcare providers have had to put IT projects on hold due to staff shortages.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:49:00 AM Categories: cardiology electronic health records health IT HIT hospitals industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/11/13 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

These Graphs Show How Fast Hospitals Are Adopting Computers – And How Far They Have to Go

In Forbes, we see a visual representation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual report on health information technology in the United States. The graphs show that hospitals are adopting healthcare IT at a rapid pace, but that there is still a need for hospitals to continue investing in technology.

Cardio Notes: ICD Codes Don’t Capture All Strokes

According to Med Page Today, researchers have found that an uncommon type of stroke needs its own ICD-9 code. Cardiologists and researchers believe that with a dedicated or modified code, they would be able to identify these cases more accurately.

5 Ways IT helps make sense of costs

Jeff Rowe of Healthcare IT News discusses the different ways in which adopting healthcare IT can help a facility to collect and synthesize cost data.

Healthcare jobs growth tops all others

Healthcare IT News reports on the growth of jobs in the healthcare space. According to Brookings Institution, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs in the U.S. in the past decade – accounting for a 22.7 percent employment growth.

New health data outs doctors whose patients die more often

VentureBeat covers a new plan from the U.K. government that requires doctors and consultants to submit performance data in order to show patients how different healthcare providers across England are performing.

 

Snapshots from ASE 2013  

Last week, LUMEDX took a trip to Minneapolis to attend ASE 2013. Here are some pictures we took during the week -- from set-up to the actual event.

We enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to next year's conference!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 9:54:00 AM Categories: ASE Lumedx

Guest Post on EMR Daily News  

Today on EMR Daily News, LUMEDX consultants David Wayne and Gus Gilbertson discuss how predictive analytics can transform healthcare facilities. The post, "Leveraging Meaningful Data in Healthcare," takes readers through a step-by-step process of how to effectively use data in decision making.

To learn more about the LUMEDX Consulting Group, visit our website here 

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